Hey! Listen to Antagonist A.D.!

New Zealand’s Anatgonist A.D. (or simply Antagonist, as they were known then) were among the many semi-local hardcore bands my friends and I would make public transport pilgrimages to see every other weekend, during my formative years. What started as a quasi-ironic appreciation of the ridiculous, flatly-delivered moshcalls – including, but not limited to: “this life is fucking shit!”, “go vegan!” and “keep your dicks in your pants scumbags!” – that populated their early EPs quickly grew to genuine appreciation of the band’s handle on hardcore. Things took a similar turn, more recently, when I caught them supporting modern heavy…

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Anti-Flag – 20/20 Vision

It’s an election year in the United States, arguably the most divisive election year in the country’s history, if not ever. I (and many others) predicted we’d see a glut of politically motivated punk rock after the results of the 2016 election in the States and true to form that’s what we’ve gotten. At the same time, there’s been plenty of punk that hasn’t delved into that quagmire. However, it’s 2020 and Anti-Flag are back with a fire-breathing banger in 20/20 Vision. The surprising thing about this album is that it is filled with relatively mid-tempo, for this band anyway,…

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Brotthogg – Echoes of the Past

A new year always brings with it a bevy of renewed personal/cultural expectations. I have historically tended to gravitate mentally toward the hopeful notion that a new trip around the sun brings with it some form of clean slate where possibilities are endless, causing my excitement for what life’s next arbitrary rotation will bring to flow abundantly. But 2020 has felt a bit different for me so far. It’s not that I’m any more mature or jaded than I’ve been in the past, but I suppose I’m finally coming to terms with the knowledge that my own deeply entrenched habits,…

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188 – New Year New Podcast

Not really. It’s the same old stuff. Also, I accidentally deleted my notes so we don’t have a description for this episode. We discuss new music from Benighted, Igorrr and more, and do the usual philosophy thing. Enjoy!

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